Other names: Jasper James
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetFontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, DorsetEnmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Jasper James Gray was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 17 Dec 1871 the son of Alfred Gray and Elizabeth Jane Gray (nee Toomer). He married Emily Elizabeth Petty in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, on 24 Dec 1899. They had one child in 1901 before Emily died in 1912. Jasper remarried on 1 Jan 1913 to Martha Ann Weldon at Holy Trinity, Shaftesbury. There were no recorded children of the marriage. Jasper enlisted on 1 Nov 1918 as Private with the 3rd Battalion, 73rd Squadron, of the Royal Army Service Corps. (Service No. R/444948). He served in the UK only and was discharged on 21 Jun 1919. There were no medal records found. His second wife, Martha, died in 1926 and on the 15 Oct 1927 he married for the third time to Sara Ann Lambert at Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset. Again there appeared to be no children of the marriage. By the 1939 Register they were living at 33 Bimport, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and Jasper was working as a Fish Hawker. He died on 26 Jan 1959 in Shaftesbury at the age of 87 years.